Break Out of Your Black-Eyeliner Rut With Me!

I'm not used to wearing these colors, but I'm going to give these looks my best shot.
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I'm not used to wearing these colors, but I'm going to give these looks my best shot.

Liquid eyeliner is one of my favorite makeup items. It's easy to use and high-impact. The other day, I was browsing my local drugstore aisles and found these Essence Liquid Ink eyeliners. I was intrigued by the color range: there was a grey, a shiny brown, a pearly white, a matte eggplant, and some sort of shimmery pewter. 

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I picked up the latter three colors, even though I had no idea what to do with them. But I'm going to try my best.

Edgy Plum

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The first look I came up with was a take on the known and loved winged eyeliner. I applied Edgy Plum, the matte eggplant shade, like I would when I'm doing normal winged liner, except that I left a space open on the middle of my lid. I filled that space with my ColourPop Creme Gel Liner in Get Paid, which I also used to line my waterline. 

This look is simple, yet sophisticated. I liked the color combination a lot, it's very Smaug.

For the second Edgy Plum look I used my Naked3 palette to create a mauve/pink smoky eye. I used Edgy Plum as a liner, which complimented the eyeshadow colors. 

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I like this a lot because I often feel like a 2004 Kelly Osbourne when combining black and pink, to be honest.

Light White

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For this look, I wore the white eyeliner in a very regular cat-eye. I was really surprised that it looked so different from black eyeliner. 

I combined it with a very radiant and clean-looking base, so the eyeliner would really pop. I was really surprised by how much I liked this look. Is it just me or does the white make my eyes look less hooded?

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For the second look, I took inspiration from my Chromat-inspired look. I applied a champagne color on my lid, and I ever so slightly tight-lined my upper lash line. Right above the crease, I used Light White to create a line. To not look washed out, I made my base look extra-radiant and blushed. 

I liked this look because it's editorial yet wearable. This is the sort of cool-girl beauty that I can work with (probably because I still used more than four products).

As You Want

When I saw this cool shimmery pewter color I could only think about one thing: mermaids! 

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I went for a mermaid vibe with this look and I applied As You Want all along my upper lash line. In the inner corner, I used a blue duo-chrome eyeshadow. On the outer corner, I bedazzled my cat-eye with black, blue and white glitter particles. The glitter and the duo-chrome liner look so cool together!

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I'm usually not really about the entire unconventional lip color thing, mostly because they're expensive and not available in stores here. When I swatched this liner, I immediately thought about those duochrome lipsticks from the Dias De Los Muertos collection by LA Splash. I have both financial and ethical reasons not to use that brand, so I've never tried anything of theirs, but this liner could absolutely double as a lipstick, so that's what I went for with this look. I combined it with a minimal eyelook, bronzed skin and bold eyebrows. It made me feel like a cool alien.

Overall, I think colorful eyeliners are more versatile than I initially expected. I'm definitely using these more in the future, and I might even pick up the shimmery brown one as well because I have a feeling that it's going to be amazing for summer. 

In terms of longevity and stuff, the eyeliners are great. They're non-irritating and easy-to-use; they don't go on patchy, but some of them do need a second layer. They dry fairly quickly, except for As You Want. I felt like that was the most flawed one of the three, but at this price point I don't feel like it's bad enough not to buy it.

  • Are you comfortable using colorful eyeliner? 
  • Show me some looks I can try!